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Will We Ever See A Female Ref In The NHL?

from Sarah Spain of ESPNW,

In 1995, Heather McDaniel made news all over the country as the first woman to officiate a men’s professional hockey game. For a number of years she worked minor league games in the Central Hockey League and the West Coast Hockey League.

In 1999, she got pregnant and stopped working pro hockey. There hasn’t been a female referee in the men’s professional game since.

There are roughly 2,800 registered female hockey officials in North America today, but just a few have worked the men’s game, and none at a higher level than juniors.

Times have changed since McDaniel roamed the ice. The women’s game has developed and flourished, giving accomplished female officials plenty of work without having to cross over to the men’s game.


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Primis's avatar

This entire series of articles by ESPN is stupid because it ignores the fact that women out there aren’t really TRYING to get these roles and jobs.  This isn’t like there are tons and tons of women officials at lower levels of officiating… there aren’t many there either.  Women officials are a rarity even at HS levels, it’s still usually men calling those games.

If women want these jobs, then they need to go out for them and work their way up like everyone else.  However, the fact is that not enough women want them.

Posted by Primis on 08/12/11 at 03:57 PM ET

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